Committee of Seventy policy director, Pat Christmas, shares testimony with City Council around a proposal to amend the City of Philadelphia’s political activity rules in the Home Rule Charter, section 10-107. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy was founded in 1904 by business and civic leaders who understood that representative, ethical and effective government are essential to the health and future of Philadelphia. Much has been accomplished, but there remains a distance to go in building a fully vibrant local democracy and trustworthy government. Read More...

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Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, many of whom have been rallied by Fair Districts PA, have lent their time, energy and personal resources to the cause of redistricting reform. They’ve spoken forcefully to their lack of trust in a process where elected officials draw political maps and insist that their representatives act to pass reform. Now is the time to act. Read More...

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The mission of Draw the Lines PA is to show that the people of Pennsylvania are ready, willing and able to take on a core task of democracy: drawing election maps. And to prove that, given the chance, they’ll do it better than those who have been doing it, the politicians and partisan operatives. Read More...

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This is not our first endeavor to improve redistricting in local or state government, but never before have we been more concerned about this critical democratic process. Read More...

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Seventy has watched with dismay as successive waves of partisan map-drawing have crippled our ability to govern, turned voters even more cynical, and left our Commonwealth as a national poster child for partisan abuse. There is no perfect solution, but action is needed. Read More...

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Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh testified before the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Legislative Oversight on February 21 to discuss the benefits of lowering the wage tax and the Job Growth Coalition's game-changing proposal that will be reintroduced to the Legislature soon.  Read More...

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City Councilman Allan Domb recently proposed an amendment that would allow any Councilmember to request Fiscal Impact Statements on non-appropriations bills. The Committee of Seventy agreed that making this information more accessible is an important step in the right direction to address the fiscal challenges that still face the City.  Read More...

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Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburg testified before Philadelphia's Law and Government Committee on October 24 to discuss the implications of a new small-dollar matching scheme for city elections. Good idea, but lots of questions. Read More...

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Seventy President David Thornburgh submitted written comments urging the House State Government Committee to consider creating an independent and impartial citizen commission to restore faith and transparency to the decennial redistricting process. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy applauds the initiative taken by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and City Council to improve the city’s campaign finance ordinance and urges this Committee to vote in favor of Bill 150368. Read More...

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With the 2015 municipal elections already underway, Seventy commends the Ethics Board for proposing amendments to its regulation interpreting the city’s campaign finance law.  Read More...

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